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by ChrisX
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Question about "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins
Replies: 11
Views: 7528

Re: Question about "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins

From the notes of Jenkins own recording: "The text was written phonetically with the words viewed as instrumental sound. The idea being to maximise the melisma (an expressive vocal phrase) by removing thr distractiin, if one can call it that, of words. The sound is universal, as is the language of m...
by ChrisX
Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin: Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13
Replies: 7
Views: 1888

Re: Chopin: Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13

A few years ago I was able to acquire the 17cd box Chopin Complete Edition on DG and slowly (in my case very slowly due to my itinerent interest and appetite for classical music) but surely I am working my way through this set. I don't have much knowledge of classical music (that is why I lurk here)...
by ChrisX
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Tribute To Youri Egorov - Live Concert
Replies: 1
Views: 616

A Tribute To Youri Egorov - Live Concert

pvg2RM3Sdoo Knowing there are quite a few piano aficionados around here, when this popped up on my Youtube subscription update I thought I might as well post it here. Performers and pieces played: Anne Queffélec Bach-Busoni - "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" BWV 659a Marcello-Bach - Adagio, uit het ho...
by ChrisX
Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert band music
Replies: 36
Views: 6995

Re: Concert band music

Mr. Henning, thanks for the provided information :D
by ChrisX
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert band music
Replies: 36
Views: 6995

Re: Concert band music

E3C6SOBE-MI I intend to keep this thread alive the coming few weeks as I am listening to the recordings from WMC 2013, Kerkrade (the Netherlands). Above recordings wasn't made there but it is a marvellous piece by one of my favourite composers in this field, Alexander Comitas. This is his Armenian ...
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favourite prog rock epics fondly recalled?
Replies: 39
Views: 4194

Re: Favourite prog rock epics fondly recalled?



And this is an even more recent one by a British band called Big Big Train with a piece about the fastest steam train Mallard and the people who built and ran it, East Coast Racer.
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert band music
Replies: 36
Views: 6995

Re: Concert band music

karlhenning wrote:Some of the Hovhaness symphonies are just winds and percussion, and are lovely.

Cheers,
~Karl
Could you point me towards some good recordings of these? Much appreciated.
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favourite prog rock epics fondly recalled?
Replies: 39
Views: 4194

Re: Favourite prog rock epics fondly recalled?

For me one of the greatest epics is this 'little' ditty by Yes: OI9ZGTO9eVc Another which might some find an odd choice is King Crimson's Lizard which in the course of its 20 minutes goes from pastoral prog to almost free jazz, to a classical interlude followed by a totally menacing section includin...
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My buddy's album gets Critic's Choice from Gramophone
Replies: 2
Views: 1120

Re: My buddy's album gets Critic's Choice from Gramophone

I actually recently bought this along side two other recordings by him. The Time Curve Preludes is a very interesting piece with which I still need to spend a bit more time to fully 'get' it. On a more superficial level it also works quite nice when I play it on an almost Brian Eno like volume level...
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert band music
Replies: 36
Views: 6995

Re: Concert band music

There is a huge tradition here in the Low Countries (the Netherlands and Belgium) of a very high standard in playing in symphonic wind orchestras. But also other countries have a rich tradition albeit with sometimes a bit of a different 'sound culture'. One of the highlights of the Word Music Contes...
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Concert band music
Replies: 36
Views: 6995

Re: Concert band music

I have an avid wind ensemble / symphonic wind orchestra interest which is almost cyclical. Since 1997 I have been a visitor of the World Music Contest in Kerkrade which happens every 4 years over a period of 4 weekends in June / July. It is by far the biggest gathering of brassbands, fanfare orchest...
by ChrisX
Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist James Rhodes Rips Gramophone's Awards Ceremony
Replies: 67
Views: 7094

Re: Pianist James Rhodes Rips Gramophone's Awards Ceremony

Thing is that we probably see different things when we watch Rhodes which is probably due to a cultural or generational bias. You see a "schtick" (which would mean that for instance what he is wearing is basically a costume or what he is saying is merely an act) and I see a musician who doesn't care...
by ChrisX
Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist James Rhodes Rips Gramophone's Awards Ceremony
Replies: 67
Views: 7094

Re: Pianist James Rhodes Rips Gramophone's Awards Ceremony

[Delurking] I totally get what Chalkie and James Rhodes are trying to get across. In order to survive it has to get in touch again with its audience but without dumbing down. It had to leave its guilded cage in which it has lived for so long and touch base again. Recently I went to see the Concertge...
by ChrisX
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: There´s going to be a 2000-2010 RCO Anthology after all
Replies: 19
Views: 2446

Re: There´s going to be a 2000-2010 RCO Anthology after all

In response to a question here: I think the reason this series stops is because Radio Nederland Wereldomroep (the Dutch equivalent of the BBC World Service) is basically totally stripped back to a bare bones operation and as such recording of the RCO is no longer financially possible. Might me that ...
by ChrisX
Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Heitor Villa-Lobos:
Replies: 35
Views: 5710

Re: About Heitor Villa-Lobos:

Recently picked up the Brilliant Classics box with the string quartets and am enjoying them immensely :D
by ChrisX
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adolphe Biarent - Sonata for cello and piano
Replies: 4
Views: 1530

Re: Adolphe Biarent - Sonata for cello and piano

Don't know the music and never heard of the composer, but what you say sounds interesting. Believe it or not, it appears to be on YouTube! Is this it? nqfD_bmVCnE Yep that is the the exact recording I am speaking of. This is the opening, very sombre movement. It is from this disc: http://www.amazon...
by ChrisX
Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Adolphe Biarent - Sonata for cello and piano
Replies: 4
Views: 1530

Adolphe Biarent - Sonata for cello and piano

[Long time lurker and very very occassional poster makes a return] Am in the process of going through my very very modest classical music collection and as such am playing a disc with 2 chamber pieces among which this substantial sonata. Have no idea where or when I bought and no clue what prompted ...
by ChrisX
Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR, CMGers and Lurkers!
Replies: 6
Views: 1169

Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR, CMGers and Lurkers!

The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began....

[continuing the movie references] 8)

Wishing all of you all the best for 2012. And may music guide you through it all.
by ChrisX
Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Duty or pleasure?
Replies: 43
Views: 7386

Re: Duty or pleasure?

Well, listening to music and the real appreciation of it can be considered as something you need to work at. My listening habits are quite itinerant so to speak. Right now my ears fancy classical music a lot and thus I can listen to it without any real effort and I get a huge amount of enjoyment out...
by ChrisX
Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My listening notes: Malcolm Arnold's Symphony no. 1
Replies: 0
Views: 740

My listening notes: Malcolm Arnold's Symphony no. 1

Just some random thoughts I jotted down while listening to it (RPO conducted by Handley): - first movement: what a nervous energy contained within. Love the timpany outbursts and grinding halt at the end. - second movement: it starts out quite tranquil but again a sense of unease pervades the music....
by ChrisX
Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How far have you traveled just to attend a concert?
Replies: 39
Views: 6139

Re: How far have you traveled just to attend a concert?

The furthest I have travelled for a concert (although non-classical) was in 1997 from the Netherlands (close to the German border) to Los Angeles to visit a progressive rock festival. Guess that must have been for Calprog... of course I never went during my Prog days, but I know its very big and pe...
by ChrisX
Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How far have you traveled just to attend a concert?
Replies: 39
Views: 6139

Re: How far have you traveled just to attend a concert?

The furthest I have travelled for a concert (although non-classical) was in 1997 from the Netherlands (close to the German border) to Los Angeles to visit a progressive rock festival.
by ChrisX
Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell me more about Arnold Bax
Replies: 28
Views: 2730

Re: Tell me more about Arnold Bax

Might have missed it here but the Chandox boxset with all the symphonies has an excellent disc with a long audio interview with conductor Vernon Handley. Together with the excellent notes you get quite a decent grounding in Bax's background and music. Comes highly recommended and it connected quite ...
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Scriabin Recital With Lighting Effects
Replies: 12
Views: 2730

Re: Scriabin Recital With Lighting Effects

Found this one while doing some digging myself inspired by this thread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3B7uQ5K0IU

I would have loved to have been at this concert.
by ChrisX
Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glenn Gould On Television-10 DVD box of his CBC series
Replies: 3
Views: 772

Glenn Gould On Television-10 DVD box of his CBC series

[Coming out of lurkmode and an extensive period of non-classical music listening] http://www.cbc.ca/gould/ On a totally different forum (dedicated to all things progressive rock, 70s and beyond) I was pointed to this upcoming release. Thing is I don't have any Gould recordings in my collection (some...
by ChrisX
Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Could John Cage's 4.33 be the Number One Xmas Single in UK
Replies: 11
Views: 2519

Re: Could John Cage's 4.33 be the Number One Xmas Single in UK

Don't laugh, this is a Real Recording, done by "Cage against the Machine" and is being made to raise money for Five Music Based Charities... http://www.facebook.com/cageagainstthemachine?v=app_4949752878 When you think about it is really quite a thought provoking idea. Instead of having our airwave...
by ChrisX
Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiah at the mall?
Replies: 9
Views: 2167

Re: Messiah at the mall?

slofstra wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

I'm not sure if the "flash mob" novelty has worn off yet. I kinda like this one.
Yeah, this is a cool one... plus the choir has some cute members :-)
by ChrisX
Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do You Talk To Other People About Classical Music?
Replies: 25
Views: 4033

Re: Do You Talk To Other People About Classical Music?

I have a few good friends and colleagues with whom I can talk about music, especially all things pop, rock, folk, electronic music but alas no one to share my interest in classical music. That is the one musical thing that I have to really do on my own. Which is also one of the reasons I read CMG an...
by ChrisX
Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An unusual collection of 20th century piano concertos!
Replies: 7
Views: 1133

Re: An unusual collection of 20th century piano concertos!

Thanks Lance for this heads up. I am quite curious for the Bernard Hermann piece so I have put in my Wishlist and will be on the look out for it.
by ChrisX
Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do we Really still Need Record Stores?
Replies: 26
Views: 5053

Re: Do we Really still Need Record Stores?

I sit on both sides of the fence when it comes to this matter: I really like the fact that I can order almost anything I am interested in at a very very good price. But on the other hand I really love shop browsing especially when you have the opportunity to listen to discs at your own pace. Further...
by ChrisX
Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...
Replies: 43
Views: 4370

Re: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...

Of course Barclay James Harvest never did break, and I remember they had one very good record. it would be fair to say that they only 'broke' in Germany. 'Everyone is Everybody Else' (1974). Their best by some margin... :wink: http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=3385 Yep, your margin indeed......
by ChrisX
Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...
Replies: 43
Views: 4370

Re: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...

On Yes and Pink Floyd: Pretentious they are, but I still think they're the best in the prog-rock crowd, and unlike Floyd, never went blatantly commercial. (Everything after Meddle does not count in my book.) Yes never went commercial? Have you ever heard the album 90125? I mean, hiring topproducer (...
by ChrisX
Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...
Replies: 43
Views: 4370

Re: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...

Henry, I saw a Symphonic Yes Live DVD in there...people have been Banned for less than that... :mrgreen: I can't blame him because it is an excellent dvd. I was at the concert where they shot this. It also introduced me to the talents of keyboardplayer Tom Brislin whom I have the pleasure to have m...
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Feature length documentary on Janine Jansen
Replies: 2
Views: 1032

Re: Feature length documentary on Janine Jansen

Now all I have to do is find a Dutch cinema. Might already not be showing anymore since opening night was on Oct. 7. But I guess somewhere in the next few months it will be on tv. What is really interesting that shortly after they finished shooting this documentary she was ordered by her doctor to ...
by ChrisX
Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...
Replies: 43
Views: 4370

Re: Enormous number of new talents out there, but ...

how do you believe the record industry is going to promote these artists in the same way that we remember? Well, they aren't promoting them in the same way. Heck, most labels (except for a few of the dinosaurs) don't promote their artists at all, these have to do it all by themselves. I am not sure...
by ChrisX
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin - Complete Edition on DGG
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Re: Chopin - Complete Edition on DGG

Chalkperson wrote:Grab it now...before it is too late...
I did and already I am very very pleased with it. Zimmerman's performance of the PC 1 is quite extraordinary and really lives up to the praise it has been given everywhere.
by ChrisX
Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4066
Views: 911751

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Well based on some advice in the thread I set up about it I bought this set from an online seller who was willing to negotiate a very nice price for it:

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Now the problem is: where to begin? :lol:
by ChrisX
Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin - Complete Edition on DGG
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Re: Chopin - Complete Edition on DGG

A nice lineup of performers, including my favorite set of the concertos, and excellent performances of the Etudes, Mazurkas, Ballades and Nocturnes. I think they should have included Argerich or Pogorelich's Preludes, but I guess one can't be too picky with sets this size. I have Argerich's Chopin ...
by ChrisX
Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chopin - Complete Edition on DGG
Replies: 8
Views: 1478

Chopin - Complete Edition on DGG

I might have the opportunity to buy this set pretty cheap and was wondering wether it would be worthwhile as a nice starter set on all things Chopin? http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51uxqHBtmOL._SS500_.jpg CD 1: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 Krystian Zimerman/Polish Festival Orchestra 81:49 CD 2: Vari...
by ChrisX
Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exit Dutch arts...
Replies: 8
Views: 1419

Re: Exit Dutch arts...

There is a ray of hope when you consider that the new cabinet is in fact a minority cabinet with support from one party outside of the cabinet. That party, Geert Wilders' PVV, while numerous in the Second Chamber (the main legislative body) they don't have any representation at this moment in the Fi...
by ChrisX
Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exit Dutch arts...
Replies: 8
Views: 1419

Re: Exit Dutch arts...

I am with Otterhouse in my disgust for the decisions made by what is going to be the new Dutch government (athough I doubt if it will hold for longer then a year ... I have a bet running with a friend of mine that by spring next year we will all be voting again). As far as I am aware of it none of t...
by ChrisX
Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 4066
Views: 911751

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

This one arrived in the mail yesterday and have only checked it a bit: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51v1XJt7W3L._SL500_AA300_.jpg This is my first Horowitz cd and from what I pick so far there is a lot there to like. First it is a momentuous occassion and I like the fact that the complete o...
by ChrisX
Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'm Willing To Listen To All Kinds Of Classical Music
Replies: 46
Views: 5831

Re: I'm Willing To Listen To All Kinds Of Classical Music

One method of opening up this kind of music to people is to treat it as "interesting sound" instead of "music". The problem is that they approach this music with an expectation as to what music is supposed to be, and also, what makes music "good" to them. So, rather than change their preconceived i...
by ChrisX
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2861426

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

For the first time in days I have listened quite a lot, because it seems I finally get a reprieve from some back problems I am struggling with right now so here is what I listened to tonight before and after rehearsal: Malcolm Arnold - Violin Sonata no. 2 (Marcia Crawford - violin, Ian Brown - piano...
by ChrisX
Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Inception"
Replies: 11
Views: 4921

Re: "Inception"

Saw it - HATED it - left half way through. Special effects - he more violent the better - if that's the way they make movies these days, I've got better things to do. Then I wonder if you have seen any other recent action flicks in recent years because I thought that SFX were pretty restraint and t...
by ChrisX
Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb!
Replies: 37
Views: 3194

Re: “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb!

Yeah, she's a very talented songwriter. I watched half a dozen clips after viewing this one. Aren't you over in Holland, though? Jazeker 8) ... yep, born and raised Dutchman living in Twente (eastern part of the Netherlands) close to the German border. The first time I saw her perform was when she ...
by ChrisX
Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lance's program Sat. July 3, 2010: William Wallace, composer
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: Lance's program Sat. July 3, 2010: William Wallace, composer

Just listening to the Hyperion disc with the Symphonic Poems and I really like The Passing Of Beatrice Symphonic Poem no.1. Not really original in subject matter (Dante again) but the music does tug at my heartstrings quite a bit.
by ChrisX
Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb!
Replies: 37
Views: 3194

Re: “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb!

Creepy in a nice kind of way. The last verse is odd ... suddenly we hear an advertisement for airbags. Yep, this is a bit of a creepy song. The first time I saw her live she mentioned that this is a song she rarely performs and then only when she feels really comfortable. Since then I have seen twi...
by ChrisX
Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music of Britten
Replies: 35
Views: 4225

Re: The music of Britten

I haven't seen this piece mentioned which has moved me deeply through the years:

Sinfonia Da Requiem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinfonia_da_Requiem
by ChrisX
Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb!
Replies: 37
Views: 3194

Re: “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb!

People never seem to die in songs any more. Then check out this song by singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, sung a cappella ... RiMsI5ZZ-qg Passage Artist: Vienna Teng Album: Warm Strangers (2003) Lyrics "I died in a car crash two days ago was unrecognizable when they pulled me from the gears no one's f...